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Here’s a 🧵 no one asked for but I wanted to talk about how I wrote a book in three weeks for clarity. I am low key obsessed with reading about other writers processes so here we go 1/#WritingCommunity
This latest thriller is my 26th? 27th manuscript I’ve written. That helps because I know my weaknesses and strengths. I also have another penname in a different genre and have been publishing for six years there 2/?
I know when I focus, I can write 2.5K words an hour. So, I try to figure out how many hours I need for a draft. This also takes into account a) I write wayyy faster in the morning and b) I disconnect from the internet cause I have no self control 3/?
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#WritingCommunity #books #amwriting

I arrived in the Big Apple, New York City from the hills of Natal, South Africa to glamour-shock. The big city lights intimidated me in so many ways. It’s safe to say I was not prepared for the life that awaited me in the Big Apple
In the absence of my mother, community, and the priest I had no one to guide me. As such, I had to rely solely on what they taught me.
It remained to be seen if that would keep me on the straight and narrow.
Truth is one is never prepared for the charms of the big Apple.
Natal didn’t present a lot of challenges to my character and tests to my spirituality.
The immediate struggle I faced in the concrete jungle of #NewYorkCity was to fit in. I had to fit in if I were to properly integrate and function in that environment.
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Entity Name: 1equal1, 1=1, #1=1, One Equal One, 1e1, 1ae1, ONE EQUAL ONE, One_Equal_One, ONE_EQUAL_ONE, Inc.
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Today, May 17, 2022 I had the courage. I applied for a #Grant @OpenSea.
My submission for #grant

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1equal1, the project is a personal commitment and movement to advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing via digital art in the blockchain.
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We're coming up on #RogueMentor announcements, & I'm going to take a moment to share some writing tips I've gathered after mentoring in 3 different programs. None of these are subtweets of any particular MS, just general issues I see over and over again. #WritingCommunity (1/12)
Use fewer questions in your interiority. Statements are usually stronger; check to see how many of your internal questions can be rewritten as statements and you'll probably find a *lot* that can. #writingtips (2/12)
Don't say, "The view was indescribable." You are a writer. Describe it. #writingtips (3/12)
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[DATA ABUSE REPORT]: @Apple
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for kicks … I keep a day count. For example, May10.d237+~283
iCloud is off for all apps in all my devices. Thus, I ponder and ask, dear @Apple, please explain what is stored in the 2.8GB in GREY? As evidence in the images, my
backup for this account is 0KB. What are you storing without my permission? I am logged in the web for the account, and there is no explanation for the 2.8GB

iCloud:
Messages 4
Contacts 0
Photos 0
Drive 0 (Empty)
Notes 0

#Apple #iCloud #abuse
#liberty #freedom #privacy #pii
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Good afternoon TMobile and TDBank,
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I am baffled. I have a DEFAULT bank account set up to process today's scheduled payment. However, you are not allowing me to pay using TDBank? Why? On May 4, I was able to pay with the same account. Why am I receiving
a message about being unable to process payment from this account today, May 10? The bank account has funds. If I don't pay as agreed today, you will disconnect my service. TDBank has funds to cover the payment. Please process again TODAY. Thank you!

#TMobile @TMobile #TDBank
@TDBank
see screenshots attached.

I WILL NOT BE #CENSORED #INTIMIDATED
I will SPEAK UP! STAND UP! and defend and protect The Constitution of The Unites States of America and The Bill of Rights. I am a US Citizen, and my right, Amendment IV, was violated twice, on March 1, 2022
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Dear #writers, #writingcommunity,

In your scenes with sex, how much of you, the person, is in the scene?

Do you know?

Let’s investigate.
🧵👇
This is what I hear from writers:

“They’ll think I do this.”
⏩Judgment

“I don’t know if I can write body parts.” ⏩Embarrassment

“I’ll skip sex and write it later.”
⏩Anxiety

“What if I don’t get it right?”
⏩Fear
Writing sex in your story is an art and a craft.

Like sex, it is a learned skill.
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I know #querying is bad rn. BUT, I've also looked at several query letters recently... And please, please, please -- don't shoot yourself in the foot before an agent even gets to your pages. Follow the standard query format. Make it engaging.

A 🧵 for the #WritingCommunity ...
1/7 Include your meta data! At the top or at the bottom! (I prefer top, so the agent knows what to expect, right away.) It should have your title, (CORRECT) genre, age group, word count and comps. The comps should be recent, recognizable and multiple. Better yet, get specific...
2/7 ...About why you're using the comps you are. Don't just say "My book is similar to The Night Circus." Tell us that you have a cast of strong female characters like in Comp 1, a tantalizing mystery like Comp 2, and a sexy love story like Comp 3.
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In the past 6 weeks, I have read over 2000 pages and provided over 100 pages of feedback on pilots, features & shorts.

Within the writing itself, here are the 9 most common issues I saw -

#screenwriting #screenwriter #writing #writingtips #WritingCommunity #screenplay #teleplay
#1/9: USING BLAND VERBS

Looks, walks, laughs, smiles, enters, exits, leaves - these are all bland verbs that don’t tell us anything about the character.

Instead, use: glances, peers, strides, ambles, giggles, cackles etc

#screenwriter #WritingCommunity #screenwriting
#2/9: PITCH & PLOT THAT DON’T MATCH UP

If you set your plot, stakes, antag & protag up well in the logline, don’t spend most of the narrative to get to that point

It feels like a bait and switch and will make people put it down

#screenwriting #writing #logline #screenwriter
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A comment made me want to do a quick follow up on this: there is also overwriting that is meant to flex your prose, but used in not-the-best moments. Example: 1/🧵
"I sipped the tea from the rose-painted cup, the silver rim as smooth as silk if petrified and then infused to the fine porcelain. The fragrance of the tea tickled my nostrils - roses here, too, and perhaps lillies, over a firm base of black leaves."
2/
Ok, it's pretty. But is this the moment for it? Bc if the other character in the room just said "I want a divorce" you probably should just skip this and put the tea down. UNLESS...
3/
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Can't sleep so here's a #writetip #querytip
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Something that often slows me down in reading is a tendency to overwrite movement, blow-by-blow. It may feel monotonous/flat in the writing itself.
Example + a potential fix (imagine a character wakes up after night out drinking):
Less dynamic:
My head pounded as I opened my eyes and dragged myself up. A sweating water bottle on the table glimmered in the sunlight coming through the window. My mouth tasted horrible, so I reached for the bottle,twisted off the cap,and brought it to my lips. I drank deeply.
It is accurate, but is it all necessary? Does it read impactful? Gripping?
Instead of a very even, linear description, you can try a blend of immediate response/emotion/voice and impactful linear movement through the scene, varying the rhythm&word choice as the emotion dictates.
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Looks like the last thread was good timing for thirsty #amquerying authors in the #WritingCommunity so how about another on more edits I see often in opening pages?
Basically, you need to build tension from your opening paragraph/lines, and there are so many excellent ways that I can’t name, but here are a few that typically don’t work:
Opening your scene with something shocking/frightful/eye-catching…before your reader has a clue what they’re looking at, what the stakes are, and even who the MC *is*
Boom—you just wasted your energy because any amorphous action isn’t delivering the tension you want
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I critiqued the 1st 5 pp for 15 authors & made a list of common edit suggestions. It's neither exhaustive nor universal, but I hope they help.

I'll likely turn this into 3-4 threads for length

1st: WHY IT MATTERS
& Common writing tips
1/16
#RevPit #WritingCommunity
WHY?

Busy agents/editors need to be hooked by a great query before they'll even glance at pages.

IF they open pp, they need to be sucked right in. Hopefully by first few lines.

This is PRIME REAL ESTATE that you can't afford to waste!

2/16
100,000's of queries are sent each year. Maybe millions.

You must show why yours is one that deserves attention.

Most queries are rejected b/c there isn't time to spend on a concept that hasn't been fully articulated.

It must be FRESH & also relatable to known sales
3/16
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I think half the agony I see in the #WritingCommunity will be gone if more writers stop thinking that books should only be written to be read by others or sold. It is a form of art, and we have the right to create art for the sake of personal enjoyment. Ppl knit and draw …
to feel good, cook to eat the food themselves, exercise to feel good and it’s fine. But when it comes to writing, everyone is making it a job, like the book means nothing if it isn’t read or get published, like ppl who don’t get read should be ashamed of themselves. Like, wtf?
I believe most of us started out with passion. We wouldn’t be writing if we didn’t love it, and then ppl start telling you you have to succeed, to be trad published, to make NYT bestseller or your writing is worthless. It isn’t. It didn’t start out that way, or did it?
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Miami in summer. White bodies sunning on the beach to become brown bodies. Lots of brown bodies too: Cubans, Latinos, Mexicans, Haitians and Jamaicans. Proper melting pot, is Miami. Something or the other happening, always, non-stop. 1/21
What is happening right now is the National Chilli Eating Contest. The 5-member jazz band is going full steam, three of whom are blacks. The 5-member cheer leader group is also going full steam, all of them white girls, in miniskirts. 2/21
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#fortherecord
#forevidence

[FOR THE RECORD]
I do what is RIGHT, over the easy.
I will do whatever it takes, no matter the cost, to defend #USConstitution and #BillofRights

I am aware many will be impacted. The 8 #MiamiDade police officers, the
Correction Officers at MiamiDade Corrections Department. Miami Management, Inc., KWPMC and Brickell on the River North and South Tower Association.

#NoWarrantEntry(s)
#4thAmendment #violation
I can't stay quiet!
I will #StandUP #SpeakUP and share my #PrimaryResearch
My rights weren't read.
Yes, and, I felt compelled to share I am a US Citizen Civil and Human Rights advocate.
I also asked to watch the State of the Nation address at 9pm since they had me at condominium driveway handcuffed inside different police vehicles from 7:20pm until
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I might regret for not being able to hold them in any longer, but here are some thoughts on the Licorice Pizza Asian accent scene because both sides are getting out of control, no matter the nature of the arguments presented 🧵 [1/6] #FilmTwitter Image
Jerry Frick’s behavior is insulting. Not nice. The direction & writing (*hopefully intention as well) depict that *even if it’s faint AF* (or subjected to some manipulation in the now widely shared clip).

BUT this doesn’t mean it’s not problem-free. Focus now. Keep reading.
1st problem: Frick’s stupid act adds NOTHING to the story, or at most negligible. Regardless, it’s just era window-dressing.

So you said “my parents/grans used to speak like that to minorities.” Thx for sharing so proudly (?), still film doesn’t need this to make it feel real.
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Time for a lunchtime #sabawards22 #festival lift, starting with our amazing online publishing panel featuring @fly_press, @FawnPress and @brokensleep who will be discussing their respective journeys in indie publishing: eventbrite.co.uk/e/saboteur-awa…
Add to that the brilliant Kinara Collective poetry event that will feature women poets discussing their shared histories of migration and South Asian identities. The event features Anita Pati, Gita Ralleigh, and Rushika Wick, among other famous names: eventbrite.co.uk/e/saboteur-awa…
On Wednesday, @poetrychristina will convene a special workshop that considers writing for wellbeing, alongside inclusivity and accessibility. This forms part of Christina's PhD research, currently being undertaken at @TeessideUni: eventbrite.co.uk/e/saboteur-awa…
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I am 16, writing about how my hands hurt.
I am 20; a doctor dismisses me as "too young" to have chronic pain.
I am 26: sharp stabs pierce my forearms, and I drop things. Coworkers call me clumsy.
I am 32; doc says I wear wrist braces "too often."

I am today, defeated.
#tinytruth
At 26, I had to stop keeping handwritten journals.
I grieve this loss.
I miss the feel, the texture,
the press of pen to page.

I miss selecting a unique notebook to represent "this chapter" of my life.
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HEADS UP to #amquerying authors! @KereahEKeller just announced that she’s now an editor at BSC Publishing Group and is now soliciting queries under the guise of being a traditional publisher. BEWARE of this publisher before you submit! Thread. 1/20
@KereahEKeller was a client of @brestephens (Yes, that Bre Stephens), and upon further examination of this BSC Publishing Group that she is suddenly the editor of, you’ll find that they are the publisher of The Dark Sire literary magazine. 2/20
What’s that you ask? Well, boy, let me tell you, The Dark Sire Literary Magazine is the very magazine founded by @BreLStephens ! 3/20
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A Thread no one in the #WritingCommunity asked for, and isn't really talked about imo:

The Importance of Self-Indulgent Writing and Shelving Novels, and how they helped me get into #AMM.
Let me begin by saying this isn't prescriptive at all and that everyone's process is different and valid. I'm just sharing my experience and hoping it resonates with some people.

Let's start with self-indulgent writing, since that's the more straightforward of the two.
The very first non-fanfic manuscript I wrote was 100% self-indulgent.

Coming from an anime fanfic background and with so much of my studies/interests in East Asian identity and politics, I wrote a fantasy in a Heian-era inspired Fantasy Japan.
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"Writing a book there?" the café stranger asks, thumbing his novel.
"A journal," I say. I'd been assessing his shoes; dust coats his boots and cascades up Carhartt pant legs. Perhaps carpentry or construction—like my brother.
"There must be a lot happening in your life," he says,
gazing out the window. His tone is curious, friendly: "You're just writing away."
"I've always done it. Since I was 8."
"In the same book?"
"Different ones."
"Hm," he nods. "Maybe everything you've written will become a book. Your life story."
I smile. "I don't think my life's
that interesting."
He rubs his chin. "There's probably a purpose to it though, if it's something you've always done."
"I think about that. But I'm not sure what purpose there might be."
"We might not do things," he says, leaning back, "if we knew the future." He opens his novel.
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